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Florida Sea Grant Extension & Education Program

Florida Sea Grant Extension & Education Program

About Florida Sea Grant's Marine and Coastal Extension and Education Program

Within the Florida Sea Grant College Program, the Florida Sea Grant Extension and Education Program is a statewide marine and coastal outreach and education program focused on conserving coastal resources and enhancing economic opportunities for the people of Florida.

It is integrated into the University of Florida’s Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), as part of the Florida Cooperative Extension Service. Extension personnel consist of county, regional or state-based Sea Grant extension agents and specialists with expertise in the areas of law, marine economics, seafood technology, coastal watersheds, coral disease, sustainable angling, harmful algal blooms, and climate change/sea level rise. The program draws on the resources of more than 30 affiliate tenure-track faculty whose research aligns with Florida Sea Grant’s mission.

We set high standards for excellence in our programs which address immediate and future coastal issues. We do this by providing timely information and tools to residents, business owners and community leaders so that they better understand how their decisions affect coastal environments and what actions they can take to become more resilient to coastal change. We help to ensure that resource management and decision-making about built and natural coastal environments are based on sound science, involve residents and businesses who have a stake in the resource, and include mechanisms to evaluate trade-offs between human and environmental needs. We help constituents incorporate social science, including quality of life and sustainable economic development, into comprehensive planning and management of built and natural coastal resources. We help constituents incorporate the latest science-based information across all of the focus areas and help water-dependent businesses operate sustainably and profitably in order to support coastal communities.

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352-392-5870
info@flseagrant.org
2306 Mowry Rd.

Gainesville, FL 32641

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Invasive Species

Can We Eradicate the Invasive Beach Vitex?

If you read the introduction article to this series you would know that yes – based on comments from Dr. Simberloff, we can.  But your best chance at doing so is when the species is early in its invasion of the area – Early Detection Rapid Response (EDRR).  This can be seen again on the invasive species curve (pictured below).       Have we jumped on the beach vitex issue quick enough?   I Read More

Conservation

Proposed Rule to list Queen Conch as Threatened Under the Endangered Species Act

Queen Conch (current scientific name Alger gigas, formerly Strombus gigas) is such an iconic animal in the Florida Keys that local born residents are called “conchs,” especially those living near Key West, Florida.  Most locals have their own recipes for conch salad (aka conch ceviche) and conch fritters.  On New Year’s Eve, a famous local establishment drops a giant lighted conch shell during the end-of-year Read More